Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.

Dr. Randour, a psychologist, is Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D. C. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, received a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is an Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is the author of handbooks such as A Common Bond: Child Maltreatment and Animals in the Family, as well as AniCare Child, a treatment approach for children who abuse animals. Dr. Randour has published articles in numerous professional journals as well as written chapters for edited volumes. Her latest contribution “The Psychology of Animal Abuse Offenders,” co-authored with Dr. Maya Gupta, is in the newly released book Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding. In her career, Dr. Randour has worked for a federal research funding agency and enjoyed a private practice for almost 20 years.  She now devotes her knowledge of psychology to advance animal protection and its connection to human welfare, working in partnership with organizations such as the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Animal Care and Control Association,  the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the National Sheriff’s Association.

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